So begins another Looonng week away from Ben. Somehow, with all the "practice" we got during 2007-2008, separation still hasn't gotten any easier. We are more determined than ever to get ETS-ing as soon as possible. Ben said to me last night, "This is why we want to get out of the military--because we value family and home life." :(
I said goodbye to him at 4AM, trying hard not to even wake up all the way since I knew I'd never get back to sleep if I did. I guess that in that sense, anyhow, we are getting better-practiced at the separating/leaving thing. We know how to practically get past it, get on with it. However, I hate the thought that we end up doing this often enough that it becomes *too* familiar a feeling....I guess I should be comforted in the knowledge that it does still hurt to say goodbye to him. That is a sign that we're still close.
Well, I'm looking forward (trying to) to a week of "girl" stuff. Violet & I are getting a pedicure together, going shopping for winter clothes, and anticipating the arrival of the new Coffee Stuff I bought from Amazon. Winter/Fall (the "cold wet season") Northwest Style is approaching us already. The days are shorter than ever, and the nightly rains have set in. Everything is green as green can be, which is nice, but the chill kind of necessitates extra coffee-drinking, so we bought our own espresso machine and Burr grinder for beans. I found this machine at Goodwill for $6, and bought a couple replacement parts to finish it off. I also found this burr grinder on Amazon---factory refurbished--for $16.97. :D I'm tickled to death to have such a set-up for under $100. I expect that once I edumificate myself on the art and science of espresso a bit better, I'll experience the urge to upgrade, but for now, these should do me just fine.
Well, I'm signing off now to go running......trying to shed another couple pounds off while Ben's gone again. I gained two or three "Happy Pounds" when he got home from Iraq. Man, that guy loves to eat steak dinners!!!! :P